I'm trying to redirect url's in my /joomla/ folder containing "rsform" to the same url but except for /joomla/ /formulieren/. However my tried .htaccess rewrite doesn't work. I tried:

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} rsform
RewriteRule  ^(.+)$ http://watervriendengeleen.nl/joomla/ [L,R=301]

And other URL related rewrites like Redirect /joomla/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12&Itemid=99999 http://sitename.com/formulieren/index.php?option=com_rsform&formId=12&Itemid=99999 which didn't work either.

Any thoughts?

  • what is the name of your .htaccess file? also have you enabled mod_rewrite in apache (sudo a2enmod rewrite).
    – Frank
    Aug 14, 2014 at 21:01
  • @Frank simply .htaccess (in the root, joomla itself also has .htaccess-files in /joomla/ and /formulieren/), yes. Aug 14, 2014 at 21:03
  • @Frank additionally I'm using RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !rsform RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !template RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !image RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !administrator RewriteRule ^(.+)$ http://sitename.com/joomla/ [L,R=301] in the formulieren folder's .htaccess and that works fine Aug 14, 2014 at 21:04
  • Do any rewrite rules work? If not then your web server might not have URL Rewrite rules enabled thus ignoring .htaccess files. Can you let us know what web server you are on? Are you on linux or windows?
    – Frank
    Aug 14, 2014 at 21:06
  • @Frank they do, however I just noticed that redirects on the /joomla/ folder get ignored. I'm using a CentOS6.0 Linux web server with Apache 2.2.27 - maybe Joomla is the blocking factor... Aug 14, 2014 at 21:10

2 Answers 2


You can't match against the query string (everything after the ?) in the regex patter of a RewriteRule or a Redirect. You need to use mod_rewrite's %{QUERY_STRING} variable:

RewriteEngine On
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} rsform
RewriteRule  ^(.+)$ http://watervriendengeleen.nl/formulieren/? [L,R=301]
  • Ah, allright. Unfortunately, your proposed code has the same result as mine, it gets ignored. :( Aug 14, 2014 at 22:17
  • @RaimondvanMouche you sure your htaccess file is being read? Do you have all of the necessary modules loaded and options set to be able to use htaccess files and mod_rewrite?
    – Jon Lin
    Aug 14, 2014 at 22:24
  • how can I check the first? on the latter, yes, for example in the formulieren directory I have a .htaccess with RewriteEngine on RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !rsform RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !template RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !image RewriteCond %{REQUEST_URI} !administrator RewriteRule ^(.+)$ http://watervriendengeleen.nl/joomla/ [L,R=301] and that works perfectly fine. It's really weird. Aug 14, 2014 at 22:27
  • @RaimondvanMouche if you have rewrite rules in subdirectories and you try to access the subdirectory, any mod_rewrite rules in parent directories are completely ignored
    – Jon Lin
    Aug 14, 2014 at 22:29
  • Ah that's good to know. Unfortunatly, I tried your suggested rewrites in both the root .htaccess and the /joomla/'s .htaccess to no avail... Aug 14, 2014 at 22:32

I think the following mod_rewrite directives should do what you require, however, whether they do anything at all may be dependent on your configuration.

RewriteEngine on
RewriteCond %{QUERY_STRING} rsform
RewriteRule ^joomla/(.+)$ http://watervriendengeleen.nl/formulieren/$1 [L,R=301]

This redirects all requests for files in your /joomla/ subfolder, containing the string "rsform" anywhere in the query string (as suggested by your example) to the same URL in the /formulieren/ subfolder. The query string is also copied across to the substituted URL.

However, I do wonder whether you should be redirecting here, as it may be more preferable to internally rewrite the request if possible? ie. remove the R=301 flag. (But this may or may not work for you?)

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